05. RIS3Mur Priorities
In line with the purpose of RIS3, and within a participative, agreed process for entrepreneurial discovery, a limited number of economic development priorities based on innovation and knowledge was identified. These priorities are aligned to existing and potential Murcia Region sectors. It is worth-mentioning the dynamic nature of the RIS3 exercise, subject to ongoing analyses and updates in case of new evidence or circumstances.
Based in the information gathered and the participative process, three variables were considered for each business field/sector, as shown in the following graph: regional capacity in science and
technology (represented in the ordinate axis); percentage of regional employment in each business field or sector, depending on the actual size of each circle surface; and the specialisation coefficient between the business structure of the Region of Murcia and Spain (abscissa axis).
Sectores y actividades para la especialización inteligente
Water & environment
Sectores y Actividades. Fuente: Elaboración INFO y DGII a partir de datos Seguridad Social CNAE.
The graph reveals that the agrofood value chain has a key position in terms of R&D leadership, mainly due to its thriving scientific‐technological production, high percentage of employment and specialisation coefficient (above one). It is worth-mentioning that activities such as logistics and transport, environment and the water cycle, also have Specialisation coefficients above one, mainly linked to agrofood.
Significant potential has been identified in Tourism and Health and Habitat. Tourism, a sector with a large number of companies, is faced with the challenge of increasing scientific-technological production and transfer. As for Health and Wellbeing, there are significant scientific‐technological capabilities with many specialisation opportunities for the Region of Murcia.
With regards to Habitat, which includes the industries of furniture, marble and construction, an important opportunity could arise through increased scientific‐technological capabilities suitable for development of other types of products and services with higher added value.
Thus, Murcia Region priorities are structured around activities in which leadership is clear, such as those linked to the agrofood value chain, including key agriculture activities (livestock, fishing and agrofood), as well as water cycle (treatment, purification and management), environment and logistics and transport. All these activities, systemically prioritized, coordinated, targeted and processed through intensive use of cutting-edge technologies, will result in competitive advantages for the Region.
On the other hand, the Region of Murcia is committed to future development of a set of potential activities. We are referring to tourism, health and habitat, grouped under the concept “quality of life” as they contribute to the wellbeing of citizens. A characteristic of these activities is that, through intensified technological application, they will favor the type of specialisation generating wealth and employment.
Similarly, Murcia has a number of driving activities supported by large companies operating in the Region. Compared to other regions, Murcia needs to take full advantage of a key differentiating element: the uniqueness and large business volume of these companies. The fields of energy and sea or marine affairs, as well as others which could potentially be developed in the Region, should be engaged in the RIS3Mur strategy and commit to the entrepreneurial discovery processes described in this Strategy.